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Hello,

I am considering whether to have a surgery to repair the perforated eardrum. My ENT specialist said that I have a hole in my eardrum, that it cannot healed by itself, and that I need surgery. He and I filled out the hospital form and faxed it to the hospital. A few days later, I called the hospital, and the receptionist said that I have been put on a waiting list. I am very afraid to have a surgery, and I have never had a surgery before. I am so scare of pain. I am still considering whether to have a surgery or not, because I do not know what the risks are. If anyone have had eardrum surgery before, can you please let me know how it went. I can hear ringing in my right ear, and sometimes the fluid came out of my hear, but as long as I kept away from water, then the discharge stop. How successful is the surgery, and how much hearing improvement did you get from having the surgery? What happen before and after surgery, and the affects of anaesthesia having on your body? What happen if left untreated? Did they put you on sedation, with breathing device put on your mouth or nose? Do you feel any pain during and after surgery? Must I have the surgery? Did the doctor perform the stitches, and did you get the stitches removed after completely healed? Any advice is appreciated.
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replied May 4th, 2009
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All these questions should be answered by your doctor. Take the list of questions and sit down with your ENT and make him answer all of them. That is part of his job.

I don't know what country you're from, but here in the U.S., the doctor is supposed to explain the risks and benefits of every procedure, then you sign a paper saying you understand and agree. Is that not how it works where you are?
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replied May 5th, 2009
Hello Lydia,

Thank you for the reply and advice. I asked my ENT whether it is painful to have a surgery, and he said no, that is all I asked. I couldn't think of anything to ask him since then, because I was so afraid of surgery, that my mind was completely empty.
I am living in Australia. Right now, I don't have the appointment date yet, I still have to fill out the medical form and send it back to the hospital. Do they explained the risks and benefits for you when it was near the date of surgery? Anyone have had this surgery done before, please let me know how it went. Any advice is appreciated.
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replied May 5th, 2009
Hello Lydia,

Thank you for the reply and advice. I asked my ENT whether it is painful to have a surgery, and he said no, that is all I asked. I couldn't think of anything to ask him since then, because I was so afraid of surgery, that my mind was completely empty.
I am living in Australia. Right now, I don't have the appointment date yet, I still have to fill out the medical form and send it back to the hospital. Do they explained the risks and benefits for you when it was near the date of surgery? Anyone have had this surgery done before, please let me know how it went. Any advice is appreciated.
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replied May 5th, 2009
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I'm not sure how it works in Australia, but my doctor explained all the risks and benefits during my surgery consultation. He was patient and answered all my questions (not all doctors are that way, some you have to push a bit). I signed a paper before I went in for surgery that basically said that the doctor explained everything and that I understood the risks of surgery as well as those of the anesthesia.

Anesthesia does have risks, but it is also very safe. Most people have no complications. I know it's weird (or even scary) to think about yourself being unconscious that way, but trust me, you don't even know it at the time. They give you the IV, they tell you to count backwards from 100 and by the time you get to 95, that's it. You're totally asleep. You're groggy when you wake up. They may ask you if you want a Popsicle (the breathing tube they had down your throat makes it sore).

I would look online at some other medical websites and see what they actually do when you have your eardrum repaired. You'll also see the risks and benefits on there. Then you can make a list of questions to ask the doctor. The more you know, the more you'll feel in control.
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replied May 6th, 2009
Hello Lydia,

Thank you for the reply and advice once again. I am still on the waiting list, and don't have the actual appointment date for the surgery. Is the surgery consultation held when it is near the date of surgery? If the risks outweigh the benefits would you consider to have the surgery done? Why did you have a surgery? Does anesthesia make you sleep? I thought that they have another drug that put you on sedation beside anesthesia. Anesthesia only make you numb? What is IV? Did you feel any pain when you woke up? Reading your message, make me scare even more. I don't know how I will cope with my surgery. I may faint on the day of the surgery, because I will be so nervous. Did they put breathing tube down your throat? I thought they make you wear a mask for breathing? Did they also gave you blood tranfusion? I had looked at some other medical websites, and did find out about the risks and benefits. One of the risks that I'm scare of for my surgery is, face paralysis, and hearing get worse. I have just sent the form today to confirm my personal details. Thank you for your support.
It is nice to hear from people that had surgery done before, because it gave me something to think about, and to understand, and make my own decision. The more I know the better.
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replied May 6th, 2009
Hello Lydia,

Forgot to ask you, did they gave you general or local anesthesia? Given through injection or other means?
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replied May 12th, 2009
I have had 4 ear surgery on the left ear
It is not pain ful they will insert an iv in ur hand and than give a a seditive before surgery to make u relax than they take u to the surgery roon about 20 min after the seditive but it feel like hours to u cuz u are so relaxed thaet u fall asleep....than they put u on the table and place ur arm in a sling on the side of the table and and give u a shot in the iv and have u count backwards from 100 and usually u get to 95 and u are out
and the next thing u know u wake up in the recovery room and u can hear at first really well u have to ask people to be quiet and than u go home and take it easy for 4 days, no heavy lifting not alot of walking or anything just relaxing cuz u will get dizzy and u might fall cuz ur equal liberum is really off but it just takes a 2 to 3 days to get it back fully than u can go back to work on light duty for about 2 weeks and than full duty.thats it
hope this helped u let me know
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replied May 12th, 2009
Hi hardt22,

Thank you for the reply and the advice given. This is very helpful, and it sort of calming me down a little. Are the reason that you have 4 surgery was because it was unsuccessful the first time around maybe due to infection that make it difficult to graft the tissue to the eardrum? Did the surgeon performed the operation through your ear canal or make an incision at the back of your ear? The insert an iv to make your skin numb or make you sleepy? Reading from your message, I think you have been given general anesthesia. So my question is can local or regional anesthesia be use instead of general anesthesia? Did it hurt after the surgery is over? You experienced any symptoms? I am still afraid, because this will be my first time having an operation, so I don't know how I will cope. I am still on the waiting list, and probably for several months before my first appointment. How successful was the surgery? Are you able to hear low frequency and high frequency sound? If you had tinnitus, did it disappear? Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me.
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replied May 20th, 2010
Thanks for your honest shared expirience here, it really help me also to prepare myself for my surgery. I like to know how much usually cost you for your surgery? This some thing I think know when I have my first appointment with my Ear Specialist.
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replied May 25th, 2010
Hi Zyrber,

It is free to have my ear operation in a public hospital, because I live in Australia, and I have medicare card. I have not had my ear surgery yet, but next month. Where are you from? Anyway, I am very scare of having surgery, as I have not had one before. I wish you all the best for your surgery.
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replied June 20th, 2011
Perforated Eardrum
Did you get it done? How are you now. Share your experiences
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replied August 19th, 2010
Perforated ear drum
Hi there,
Medical procedures are very experienced and quite safe these days, if they can do a triple heart bypass or brain surgery then a little op on the ear shouldn't be difficult. I have to have this op' myself, and to be honest, if you google this operation and see the possible problems or dangers, there is a risk of facial paralysis if they clip the facial nerve which is located near the ear. I am still debating with myself whether to have the op, but being a musician I really need my hearing as good as possible.
Regards,
Steve
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replied September 18th, 2011
How my hearing improved after ear drum surgery?
Hello folks,
I also have perforated ear drum and it is more 20 years old. I had my hearing tested and it is 50% loss on the right ear. Left side is fine. If you had ear drum surgery could you please share how it become after surgery. it is not easy to make this decision without educating oneself. Thank you for your reply
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replied September 18th, 2011
Here you can find good source of info about ear drum surgery:http://www.entusa.com/eardrum_repa ir.htm
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replied September 18th, 2011
Me and my operation: burst eardrum
by ANGELA BROOKS, Daily Mail


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article- 59514/Me-operation-burst-eardrum.html#ixzz 1YIJ4JCQd
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replied October 7th, 2011
Hi all,
Im going to reply to this even though the date the question was posted is last year,hopefully it'll help someone new.
I had this surgery last November, and it went fine.
I had a hole in my ear and after a series of tests they finally found it. Now my doctor explained it all to me weeks before i went in.
I went in the morning before surgery for observation (as this was my 1st ever major sugery)
They kept me fasting from midnight that night till my surgery because of the anesthetic.
They took great care of me. When it came to my surgery i was really nervous so they gave me a sedative to calm me down (it tasted like strawberry) then they brought me to the theater and froze my hand then inserted the anesthetic. When I woke up i was in no pain at all. I was sent back to the ward and i slept the entire day hooked up to an iv drip.
I woke the next morning to find a huge bandage around my head going from my chin to my head.
they had cut open the back of my ear and went in that way. I had stitches and they shaved part of my hair.
I suppose the most important thing was that i had no pain because they prescribed me codeine. (a really strong pain reliever)
I rested for a week and took it easy doing no strenuous activity for a while. Eventually i went back to the hospital and they removed the dressing and the plastic covering my ear drum. That was really painful as i was completely awake.

That's all i can really say, the hole is gone now and i have a cool scar behind my ear, my hair is also coming back lol.
Questions? Ask me:)
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replied October 21st, 2011
Hello.
I'm scheduled to have my eardrum repaired this coming summer. I am super nervous ! I was wondering how old u are? Did u have alot of throbbing before the surgery?
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replied April 11th, 2012
Ear, Eardrum, Surgery, ENT
Hi, I had my eardrum repaired aged 11, young I know! I didn't really understand the risks and benefits but I had it all explained to me before signing the consent form, this was only about a month or so before the operation. My mum had to countersign the form as I was so young. Its scary yes but you are put to sleep and you can't feel a single thing! When you come round you feel so tired and a bit meh in general, I was starving because hospital rules meant I wasn't allowed to eat for 18 hours in advance! During the operation your ear is cut open, from where it joins your head right down into your ear canal. Then the area holding the eardrum is cut to make it raw, a skin graft is taken from behind your ear (its normally muscle) and its treated, then it is glued with surgical glue to the raw remains of the old eardrum and surrounding area. Then you ear is stitched back, I had 6 stitches in total. My ear was in a head bandage overnight. When that was removed there was strong cotton wool inside my ear canal, for protection and to allow the eardrum to heal. Six weeks after the operation I had the cotton wool packing removed and only then can the surgeon tell if the surgery has been successful. From there you can use your new eardrum like normal, but I say proceed with caution. And if your ear starts to feel as if its bubbling inside get it checked out, it can often mean the surgery has failed.

Final note ask your surgeon what the success rate of the eardrum taking is for you. Mine was only 60% but I wanted to take the chance, now I've got nearly normal hearing, it's only really high pitched sounds I can't hear!

I hope this has helped!! x
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replied October 7th, 2011
How is your hearing after the surgery? Do you feel difference? Where there any noise before the surgery? If so how is it now? Thanks
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replied October 10th, 2011
There was a lot of ringing, it came and went for years. It was like one of those dog whistles only quieter.
Yes I do feel the difference, my hearing is really good after it, it kind of hurts to hear my dog barking indoors. It took a while for the pain of the operation to stop though, i had shooting pains in my head for weeks.
There is also hardly any ringing now, the doctor said its due to congestion deep in the ear.


And @hardt22, i dont know what procedure you had done, but when you wake up from the anesthetic, you don't need to tell people to be quiet because your ear is stuffed with dressing to make sure everything heals in the right place, if anything your hearing is greatly reduced until you get that dressing out.
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replied January 2nd, 2012
Perforated Eardrum Surgery?
Hello people,

I might consider this surgery as well. I'm only 19 and never had surgery. I've never experienced a pain like this before! When I was first diagnosed all I was prescribed was some pain relievers (that really helped out with the pain). No antibiotics! Is that ok?? I take the pain killers every 8 hours but the pain comes back within 5-6 accompanied with a loud ringing in my ear. My ear is always letting out liquids and I try to clean it but I read it can be dangerous to clean myself. I get dizzy with fast movements and my face hurts from time to time. I get scared when I cough or sneeze cause I don't want to damage it any more. I was also woundering how much this procedure is because I have no medical insurance. Also is there more benefits than risks?! Please help...
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replied January 19th, 2012
My ear drum ruptured when I was 3 and I had this surgery done when I was 13 years old (I'm now 31). I've had a total of 9 surgeries and the ear one was very minor in comparison.

I don't recall a lot of pain afterwards and the pain and oozing discharge before surgery was much worse.
I have perfect hearing in the reapaired ear now and can get water in it and have no problems when this happens.

I'm 100% happy with the outcome and would do it again if I ever had to.

I have a very minor scar behind my ear where the skin/fat was removed from and I have no trouble with that either.

Surgery is always nerve-racking, but I think you'll be happy in the end if you decide to go ahead with it Smile
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